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A Dr. Charles Best secondary school teacher has been shortlisted for an excellence award in crime writing for his debut
novel Deadly Lessons.
David Mushens -- who uses the pen name David Russell -- was nominated in the best first novel category for the Arthur
Ellis Awards. He was the lone B.C. nominee.
Deadly Lessons centres on Winston Patrick, a defence lawyer turned Vancouver high school teacher.
In his first year in the classroom, Patrick's past life catches up with his present when a teaching colleague seeks his
legal counsel after a student threatens to expose a love affair.
In an interview last year with The Tri-City News, Mushens said the characters and crimes aren't based on his own experiences,
rather, he uses the setting and people he knows best as inspiration.
A Deadly Lessons sequel, and plans for a third, are already in the works.
The Arthur Ellis Awards will be handed out June 7 in Toronto. See www.davidrussellwrites.com.